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( NOTE: There were many posts about Phife in the wake of his way-too-early death, as there should be, he was an emcee that could really connect emotionally with people and deserves all the props and tributes he’s been getting. These are just a few of the articles dedicated to the man. We couldn’t include them all, but peace to everyone who wrote about him.)
Malik Taylor, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, Dies at 45.
As as a member of A Tribe Called Quest, he "brought left-of-center hip-hop to the masses.” By Joe Coscarelli & Hannah Olivennes
[ New York Times ]
Phife Dawg's Peers Remember A Tribe Called Quest's 'Five-Foot Assassin,' Including Nas, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Talib Kweli, Monie Love, Busta Rhymes, Run The Jewels.
"Phife represented Queens, N.Y. like nobody could. “ Mobb Deep, Ed Lover, Styles P, Hi-Tek also share thoughts. By Billboard Staff, Dan Rys, Talib Kweli & Alex Gale
[Billboard Link 1 & Link 2 & Link 3 & Link 4 & Busta Instagram Link & RTJ Link ]
The Powerful Legacy Of Phife Dawg, Rap's Consummate Team Player.
"Phife’s significance [to Tribe] was much quieter, but no less necessary.” By kris ex
[ Fader ]
Rapper Phife Dawg Of A Tribe Called Quest Dies.
Radio report on Phife’s passing, including soundbites from him and kris ex: "A Tribe Called Quest was very much dashikis and Ethiopian spices and Moroccan food — just a very worldly experience. And Phife was, like, barbecue sauce and ketchup. The way that… he carried himself, you always had this idea that this was... the guy on the stoop that… you could crack jokes with, that you could understand." Report by Audie Cornish
[ NPR ]
Check the Rhime: A Deeper Look at the Legacy of Phife Dawg.
Fab 5 Freddy, Brian Coleman and more reflect on Phife's rise within ATCQ, his love of sports, and his solo efforts. By Michael A. Gonzales,
[ Ebony ]
Phife Dawg: An Everyman Hero of Hip-Hop Stands Proudly Small.
"Even though Phife was game to brag in his rhymes, his modesty was more striking." By Jon Caramanica
[ New York Times ]
Check The Technique: The Story of A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory (1991) (2007).
Q-Tip and Phife Dawg reveal the secrets behind the group’s seminal sophomore album. From the book by Brian Coleman
[ Medium ]
Still Kicking It, 25 Years Later: A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg Takes Us Back to 1990 (2015).
When They Reminisce Over Tribe. By Derek Scancarelli
[ Noisey ]
Phife Breaks Down His Ten Favorite A Tribe Called Quest Songs (2013).
On why “Check The Rhime” was his all-time favorite Tribe record. By Dan Rys
[ XXL ]
Always on Point: Remembering Phife Dawg's Legacy Through His Lyrics.
Phife showed you were he came from with always on-point verses and one-liners. By khal, Russ Bengtson, Nate Patrin & Jerry Barrow
[ Complex & Pitchfork & WatchLOUD ]
Michael Rapaport Remembers Phife Dawg.
"His music and the impression you have of Phife and whatever you think he would be like, he was exactly that. There was nothing false about his persona as Phife and the person who is Malik. It was the same guy.” By Joe La Puma
[ Complex ]
Phife Dawg Spits Freestyle in [Radio] Interview.
For San Francisco's Q102 on March 18, 2015. Posted by Jessica Todd
[ Vlad TV ]
Watch Phife Dawg Lay Out His Mission As An MC In This Unreleased Clip From 2000.
“That’s all this music is: a youth movement. If we fill they head with nothing but B.S., they gonna go out like that. Let’s get it together.” By Adam Fleischer
[ MTV ]
Why A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg Was Sports Fans’ Favorite Rapper.
Phife won ‘em over with memorable moments like, "With all these trials and tribulations, yo, I've been affected / And to top it off, Starks got ejected" By Paul Swydan, Sean Gentille & By Taylor Garrett
[ Pitchfork & Sporting News & ESPN ]
Put One Up For the Phifer: How A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg Changed My Life and Probably Yours, Too.
There’s 8 million stories of how Phife impacted fans’ existence. Here are two of them. By Noah Callahan-Bever & Andreas Hale
[ Complex & 2DBz ]
Help Name A Queens Park After The Legendary Phife Dawg.
Jarobi White is pushing for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to re-name St. Albans park. By Mikey Fresh
[ Miss Info ]
Q-Tip Calls Late ATCQ Member Phife Dawg His ‘Hero.’
"I take pride in having the blessing of knowing and having Malik in my life." By Gotty
[ TSS ]
Fans Pay Tribute to Legendary St. Albans Rapper Phife Dawg.
"He had a moral compass, in my opinion, that was to be admired." — Dres. By NY1 News
[ NY1 ]
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